Be Present


Do I comprehend how a simple act ripples like a finger dipped in water?  How it disturbs the inertia and sets the physical into motion?  HE created it to be that way, you know.  Just as water can’t remain still when gravity pulls out or down or a hand interrupts the shower from a spout, our obedience intervenes the oblivion of fear.

God asks me not to be caught in the lying web of the “have to.”  God asks me to resist the tyranny of the virtual and be present.  Because this

Becomes this
and this
becomes this
And the sun comes up and the sun goes down and you can’t stop time.  You can’t. stop. time.
Hands held tight round the dinner table.  Laughter so hard our kids snort milk.  Green beans hidden in napkins.  Yellow school bus and waving hands. 
Brave kindergarten smiles.
Brave college smiles.
Tears and toasts and weddings.
The echo of Michael and Maile’s love
begins the song of another generation.
Can we ever turn the hands of the clock back?  
“A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” Job 14:5
YES, Lord, to being present.